Adamdam examines the creation and destruction of forms and ideas. The work relates to the human body as matter that can be shaped, controlled, used or misused. It is inspired by the tail of the Golem, a Jewish myth that tells the story of an anthropoid made of clay. The term ‘Golem’ first appeared in the bible and referred to an embryonic substance, a form not yet shaped. Zaides’ interpretation presents the Golem as a brainless entity that serves a repressive human master.
On stage, two dancers move slowly. They form a hybrid entity that appears to be activated for the first time. They test the Golem’s physical abilities using bulky gestures, then separate back into an individual state. Alternatively, they assume the roles of the master and his clay figure, trying to shape each other’s movements.
Adamdam was premiered at the Curtain Up Festival, Tel Aviv, 2006.
Credits & CollaboratorsChoreography Arkadi Zaides Co-creator Sharon Zuckerman Weiser Performed by Sharon Zuckerman Weiser/Bosmat Nossan, Arkadi Zaides Singer Riff Cohen Light Itay Weiser Costumes Brigitte Cartier (Baladi Company)
For all our Flemish and Dutch speaking friends, the Belgian magazine Etcetera has released an article by theater scholar Esther Tuypens discussing the use of empathy in performing arts. The article analyzes mechanisms of emotional identification in Arkadi Zaides’ creation Archive as well as in Milo Rau’s Empire. It is available online→
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